The Painted Turtle relies on the generosity of hundreds of volunteers every year to accomplish our mission. Each year, more than 800 volunteers donate over 35,000 hours to make the magic of The Painted Turtle a reality. When you volunteer with us, you become a part of The Painted Turtle family: a caring, supportive, and compassionate community that comes together to make a difference in the lives of our campers. Our volunteer opportunities include Spring and Fall Family Weekends, Summer Sessions, and more!

The Volunteer Program is endowed by Delta Zeta Sorority.

2022 Opportunities

The Painted Turtle is now accepting volunteer applications. Please be sure to check your eligibility here

Spring Volunteer Calendar

Virtual Events:

Cabin Chats

Join us every Tuesday evening from February 8th to March 15th at 6-8pm

  • Orientation: Tuesday, February 1st at 6:00-7:30pm 
Camp at Home Family Weekend

 April 29- May 1

  • Virtual Orientation: Thursday, April 28 at 6:30-8pm 

Spring Overnight Family Retreats (Lake Hughes):

Spina Bifida and Ataxia Family Retreat: March 26-27 (Volunteers have option to arrive March 25)

Neuromuscular and Genetic Family Retreat: April 9-10 (Volunteers have the option to arrive April 8)

Liver Disease & Transplant, PIDD, TPN, and IBD Family Retreat: April 23-24 (Volunteers have option to arrive April 22)

Summer Volunteer Calendar

Summer Sessions (Lake Hughes)

Skeletal Dysplasia and MPS: June 15-19

  • Volunteer Arrival: June 14

Kidney Disease & Transplant and Epilepsy: June 24-28

  • Volunteer Arrival: July 23

Rheumatic Diseases and Adrenal Insufficiency: July 10-14

  • Volunteer Arrival: July 9

Hemophilia/vWD and Thalassemia: July 19-23

  • Volunteer Arrival: July 18

Liver Diseases & Transplant, PIDD, TPN, and IBD: July 28- August 1

  • Volunteer Arrival: July 27

Sibling: August 12-16

  • Volunteer Arrival: August 11

Questions? Please contact Megan O’Meara, Volunteer Coordinator, at megano@thepaintedturtle.org or call 310-451-1353 x108.


Volunteer Requirements and Application

Welcome volunteer applicants! We appreciate your interest in getting involved with our program.

All new and returning volunteers may apply by completing an online application. We accept applications on a rolling basis and we recommend applying as far in advance of the session(s) you wish to attend. We recommend completing your application at least 5-6 weeks before your desired session.


Volunteer Opportunities

The volunteer program at The Painted Turtle is an incredibly rewarding opportunity to bring joy, laughter, and smiles to our campers and families.  The Painted Turtle recruits volunteers for our spring and fall programs as well as for our week-long Summer Sessions and hospital and community outreach opportunities.

The Painted Turtle is currently accepting applications for our 2022 Sessions. All new and returning volunteers may apply for 2022 sessions by completing an online application.